Portland demonstrators, members of Congress demand whole truth of potential Trump-Russia ties

Hundreds rallied in downtown Portland on Saturday at Terry Schrunk Plaza and called for answers about whether President Donald Trump or his associates have improper ties to Russia as part of “March of Truth” demonstrations nationwide.

Gatherings were held in many major American cities, including Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Oregon marches were scheduled for Astoria, Cave Junction, Coos Bay, Eugene, Lincoln City, The Dalles and Portland.

Portland’s march was marked by its peaceful tenor, a change from other recent demonstrations that devolved into violence or property damage.

“We are here to ask for one simple thing — truth,” said Sorah Dubitsky, an organizer of Saturday’s rally.

Though not in attendance at the rally, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici delivered statements through aides who were present.

In his statement, Merkley urged protestors to “stay engaged” in politics and demand the truth. It’s

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1936-2017: Jim Stanton remembered as a ‘big personality’

Jim Stanton, a residential developer who stuck with the condo market in defiance of conventional wisdom and had a hand in creating thousands of local housing units over a decadeslong career, died Saturday at age 81.

At the time of his death, the principal of Coon Rapids-based Shamrock Development remained active in a real estate career that spanned more than 55 years, including 40-plus years as a developer. Stanton developed more than 6,000 home sites in 28 cities, according to Shamrock’s website.

A 2014 inductee in the University of St. Thomas’s Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame, Stanton was a visionary with a passion for building homes – and a persona as big as the projects he created, according to his industry peers.

“He was a big personality. You always knew exactly what was on his mind,” said Herb Tousley, director of real estate programs at the University of St.

... read more at: http://finance-commerce.com/2017/06/1936-2017-jim-stanton-remembered-as-a-big-personality/

Jim Stanton, a leading builder of suburban homes and downtown lofts, dies at 81

Jim Stanton, a prolific real estate developer who shaped Twin Cities suburbs over the last 40 years and led the makeover of downtown Minneapolis more recently, died Saturday. He was 81.

Stanton began his career in real estate more than 55 years ago and started developing properties in the 1970s. For many years, he concentrated on the suburbs, building vast tracts of single family homes in places like Coon Rapids and Lakeville.

Over the past decade or so, he concentrated on Minneapolis, building nine condo projects including Bridgewater Lofts, Stonebridge and Portland Tower, which is still under construction.

“As one of the metro area’s most influential builders and developers, Jim leaves a legacy throughout the Twin Cities with a diverse portfolio that included developing lots, building homes, and recently bringing condos to Minneapolis,” David Siegel, executive director of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, said in a statement.

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Son attempted to sell painting stolen from mother’s Portland home to NY art gallery for $60000, feds allege

A Portland man and his girlfriend are accused of stealing a valuable painting from his mother’s home and shipping it to a fine art gallery in New York that offered to pay $60,000 for it.

The painting’s owner had removed it from the hallway wall leading to the master bedroom in her condo during a construction project and didn’t realize it was missing until she heard from a Portland police detective and an FBI agent late last month.

The gallery received the painting but grew suspicious when the sellers provided multiple names and addresses of where to send the check, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Ryan Gerard Griffin, 46, and his girlfriend, Valerie Lindsay Marchant, 42, are each accused of interstate transportation of stolen goods and fraud by wire in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Griffin’s mother, Gretchen Holce, 76, had stored the 1988 painting by Tom

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Developer snags $43M construction loan for $1.5B WA mixed-use project


Dive Brief:

  • An Oregon developer has secured a $42.5 million construction loan from U.S. Bank, making it possible for work to continue on a $1.5 billion Vancouver, WA, mixed-use development on the Columbia River, according to Commercial Property Executive.   
  • Gramor Development said it has performed infrastructure work for the Waterfront Vancouver project and will now move forward with two additional projects — a seven-story office building and a 63-unit luxury apartment building. Both will have ground-level retail and restaurant space.
  • When complete, the development will feature 3,300 residences, more than 1.3 million square feet of Class A office space and a boutique hotel, as well as additional retail and restaurants.

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Vancouver, WA, is part of the Portland, OR, metro area, and Waterfront Vancouver is expected to have a major impact on the area. Gramor officials said the project, which also features a park, will give residents and those

... read more at: http://www.constructiondive.com/news/developer-snags-43m-construction-loan-for-15b-wa-mixed-use-project/444860/

Eliot Cutler’s oceanfront home is on the market for $11 million

An oceanfront mansion that belongs to former independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is on the market.

The 15,455-square-foot home with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms in Cape Elizabeth is listed for $11 million. It comes well equipped: The property features stunning views, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a wine cellar, an elevator – and a four-bedroom guesthouse.

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The listing from Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty describes the property in detail:

“First offering of one of Maine’s premier oceanfront estates. Perched 30′ above the water on the rocky shores of Cape Elizabeth, this 21st century home is one of the largest waterfront properties on the coast. Built with architecturally distinguished museum quality appointments, this magnificent home has it all: 16+ generously proportioned rooms with elegant flow, breathtaking views, a private beach, separate four bedroom guest house, pool, tennis court and much more – all on 600+

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/14/eliot-cutlers-oceanfront-home-is-on-the-market-for-11-million/

Many metro Phoenix Millennials want to buy homes, but survey says it will take them 13 years

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Sean Coleman is a Millennial who has purchased a new condo at Contour On Campbell, currently under construction in central Phoenix. The condo market is heating up in the Valley of the Sun. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com

Musicians’ cool Robert Rummer-built midcentury modern has a glass-wrapped atrium (photos)

Musicians Tyler Stone and Patrick Hinds have carefully remodeled their 1966 post-and-beam house built by celebrated mid-century modern developer Robert Rummer and based on design inspired by Claude Oakland and A. Quincy Jones of Jones Emmons Architects.

The three-bedroom house in Southwest Portland’s Bohmann Park-Vista Brook neighborhood makes the most of the original open floor plan that wraps around a floor-to-ceiling glass entry atrium. The remodeled kitchen also retains the original layout but it has been updated with Corian counters and a custom butcher block island by Niles Snyder.

When introduced in the “Mad Men” era, the highly livable Rummer homes, like Joseph Eichler-built dwellings in California, were celebrated for having the fewest interior walls and inventive features that allowed for easy living and home entertaining, inside and out.

The living room’s original white brick fireplace is flanked by glass and rises to meet the ceiling’s tongue-and-groove planks. The pitched roof

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Scottsdale’s newest condos are drawing both empty-nesters and …

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Valley home sales and prices are up and expected to keep climbing based on last month’s pace.
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Scottsdale’s newest condos are drawing both empty-nesters and Millennials for the lifestyle

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